Reading Action Programme
In 2012-13, International President Wayne Madden initiated a programme called Action for Reading and his challenge was taken up by Lions Clubs everywhere. This is a brilliant programme in which we can all be involved.
The ability to read and write is the foundation for education and social development. Yet hundreds of millions of adults lack minimum literacy skills and millions of school aged children are not attending school to obtain them.
The Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that recognise the importance of reading and address specific needs related to illiteracy within their own community. Don’t forget to register your service activities on LCI as they count towards your Centennial Challenge.
The City of Edinburgh Lions collected books from clubs in the District and donated them to the Edinburgh Girls School in Malawi where they are being put to good use.
Ideally clubs should nominate a member or a committee to drive ideas forward – to collect and donate books to local nursery schools and Adult Literacy centres. To be proactive in understanding the literacy needs of your local community. Become a volunteer reader for adults in Adult Literacy classes. There are lots of resources and ideas online. Get involved!
The Reading Agency – Lions Clubs could support the Summer Reading Challenge for children and adults
World Book Day in March each year
Lions in District NE can make a difference in the lives of others. Let’s take up the challenge!
Andrew Kerr Sutherland
Services for Children Officer
Chair, Reading Action Programme